When the Emmy nominations were announced back in July, I predicted that ‘Glee’ would sweep. Well, it looks like I severely misjudged the ability of Emmy voters to stay in touch with or comprehend such a pop culture phenomenon. The show was virtually shut out. I was pretty far off in some of my other predictions as well. Let’s take a look at what actually won after the break.
Winners are highlighted in bold.
Outstanding Comedy Series
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
I of course predicted ‘Glee’ here, and frankly it should have won. It had a hell of a year. Now, I love ‘Modern Family’ too and won’t begrudge it the win, but it’s a very traditional and, dare I say it, formulaic sit-com. ‘Glee’ is fresh and unlike anything else currently on TV.
Outstanding Drama Series
‘The Good Wife’
I was on the money with this one, though I can’t credit any particular insight into how I made my pick. I took at shot in the dark at a category with six very worthy nominees.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Kyle Chandler, ‘Friday Night Lights’
Bryan Cranston, ‘Breaking Bad’
Matthew Fox, ‘Lost’
Michael C. Hall, ‘Dexter’
Jon Hamm, ‘Mad Men’
Hugh Laurie, ‘House’
I predicted Hugh Laurie. Again, I had no great insight here. Any one of these nominees stood just as much a chance of winning as any other (except Kyle Chandler, who never gets the respect he deserves).
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton, ‘Friday Night Lights’
Glenn Close, ‘Damages’
Mariska Hargitay, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’
January Jones, ‘Mad Men’
Julianna Margulies, ‘The Good Wife’
Kyra Sedgwick, ‘The Closer’
I wasn’t even close here. I expected either Glenn Close or Mariska Hargitay to win, but hoped for Connie Britton or Julianna Marguilies. Sedgwick wasn’t even on my radar.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, ’30 Rock’
Steve Carell, ‘The Office’
Larry David, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
Matthew Morrison, ‘Glee’
Jim Parsons, ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Tony Shalhoub, ‘Monk’
I expected Alec Baldwin to take home an 82nd consecutive trophy for ’30 Rock’. Jim Parsons, really? Do people actually think his nerd stereotype routine is that funny?
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comeday Series
Toni Collette, ‘United States of Tara’
Edie Falco, ‘Nurse Jackie’
Tina Fey, ’30 Rock’
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’
Lea Michele, ‘Glee’
Amy Poehler, ‘Parks and Recreation’
I was way off base on this one too. I predicted Amy Poehler in ‘Parks and Rec’, with a possible dark horse spoiler from Lea Michele. I’ve only seen one episode of ‘Nurse Jackie’, so I’m not qualified to judge it. It seemed OK.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Andre Braugher, ‘Men of a Certain Age’
Michael Emerson, ‘Lost’
Terry O’Quinn, ‘Lost’
Aaron Paul, ‘Breaking Bad’
Martin Short, ‘Damages’
John Slattery, ‘Mad Men’
Michael Emerson won last year, so I should have figured that he wouldn’t be rewarded twice in a row, but he totally deserves as much acclaim as he can get.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christine Baranski, ‘The Good Wife’
Rose Byrne, ‘Damages’
Sharon Gless, ‘Burn Notice’
Christina Hendricks, ‘Mad Men’
Elisabeth Moss, ‘Mad Men’
Archie Panjabi, ‘The Good Wife’
Mrs. Z is chiding me today. She nailed the pick for Archie Panjabi, while I expected that her ‘Good Wife’ co-star Christine Baranski would win based on name recognition.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, ‘Modern Family’
Chris Colfer, ‘Glee’
Jon Cryer, ‘Two And A Half Men’
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, ‘Modern Family’
Neil Patrick Harris, ‘How I Met Your Mother’
Eric Stonestreet, ‘Modern Family’
I hit the mark on this one. Eric Stonestreet is a breakout star on ‘Modern Family’, though I have to admit that Ty Burrell would have also been a deserving choice as well.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, ‘Modern Family’
Jane Krakowski, ’30 Rock’
Jane Lynch, ‘Glee’
Holland Taylor, ‘Two and A Half Men’
Sofia Vergara, ‘Modern Family’
Kristen Wiig, ‘Saturday Night Live’
This was the only major award for ‘Glee’, but could it have possibly gone any other way? Jane Lynch is awesome. Enough said.
For the rest of the winners, check the rundown on IMDb.